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Dutch want to play more against big guns

Associated Press
Feb 10, 2011 at 09:33am IST

Colombo: Netherlands cricket captain Peter Borren says semi-professional sides such as his suffer from a lack of exposure to major teams and wants more matches against them.

New Zealand-born Borren said on Wednesday his team has played only one one-day international against a Test-playing side in the past two years and it is hard to compete in tournaments like the World Cup without more such experience.

The Netherlands made its World Cup debut in 1996 and will be playing in its fourth tournament starting in 10 days on the subcontinent. The Dutch have won only twice in 14 World Cup matches and both against fellow associate members of the International Cricket Council.

Dutch want to play more against big guns

Netherlands has played only one ODI against a Test nation in the past two years.

"I think we need more opportunities against full member sides. It's not easy coming into a tournament such as this," Borren said.

"It's not really in our hands, we hope full members can try and embrace associate cricket and give us more opportunities to play against them."

He said a majority of Dutch cricketers are part-timers.

"They put a lot of time to their cricket and have to work 40 hours a week and have a home life," Borren said. "The commitment they have shown particularly in the last five months, it's been magnificent."

Borren said his team has prepared well for the tournament, despite being hit by cold weather while training in India and Dubai.

After losing to Canada by four wickets on Sunday and by 115 runs to Zimbabwe on Tuesday in Dubai, the Netherlands play two more warm-up games against Sri Lanka and Kenya.

Kenya, Canada and Ireland are other associate teams participating in the World Cup.

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